Spikes in the GTA and Windsor-Essex as province reports 164 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Case counts have topped 160 the past two days

New cases of COVID-19 in Ontario have topped 160 the past few days.

On Sunday, the province reported 164 new cases of the virus compared to 166 on Saturday and 111 on Friday.

The spike has been driven in part by more cases in the GTA and Windsor-Essex.

“Locally, 28 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 15 of them reporting no new cases of all. 37 of today’s cases are from Windsor-Essex with 48 from the Peel Region.” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.

In the last 24 hours, provincial labs processed 27,000 tests.

Ontario has 37,604 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there have been 2,751 deaths since the pandemic struck the province in late January.

There are 1,466 remaining active cases in the province as new case growth outstripped recoveries by 48 cases.

As of Sunday, 101 patients were hospitalized because of COVID-19 and 34 of those individuals were in intensive care, as hospital occupancy due to the virus continues to decline.